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© Perrine Bomme, Guillaume Duménil, Jean-Marc Panaud.
Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Neisseria meningitidis on epithelial cells
Publication : Vaccine

The Global Meningococcal Initiative: recommendations for reducing the global burden of meningococcal disease

Scientific Fields
Diseases
Organisms
Applications
Technique

Published in Vaccine - 03 Mar 2011

Harrison LH, Pelton SI, Wilder-Smith A, Holst J, Safadi MA, Vazquez JA, Taha MK, LaForce FM, von Gottberg A, Borrow R, Plotkin SA

Link to Pubmed [PMID] – 21376800

Vaccine 2011 Apr;29(18):3363-71

The Global Meningococcal Initiative (GMI) is composed of an international group of scientists, clinicians and public health officials with expertise in meningococcal immunology, epidemiology and prevention. The primary goal of the GMI is the promotion of the global prevention of invasive meningococcal disease through education and research. The GMI members reviewed global meningococcal disease epidemiology, immunization strategies, and research needs. Over the past decade, substantial advances in meningococcal vaccine development have occurred and much has been learned about prevention from countries that have incorporated meningococcal vaccines into their immunization programs. The burden of meningococcal disease is unknown for many parts of the world because of inadequate surveillance, which severely hampers evidence-based immunization policy. As the field of meningococcal vaccine development advances, global surveillance for meningococcal disease needs to be strengthened in many regions of the world. For countries with meningococcal vaccination policies, research on vaccine effectiveness and impact, including indirect effects, is crucial for informing policy decisions. Each country needs to tailor meningococcal vaccination policy according to individual country needs and knowledge of disease burden. Innovative approaches are needed to introduce and sustain meningococcal vaccination programs in resource-poor settings with a high incidence of meningococcal disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21376800